Access Anytime, Anywhere
All databases can be accessed within the library, and most of them are available 24/7 from home.
For remote use, you will need a valid MPLD library card; click on the name of the database and follow the instructions for remote access.
African American History | A comprehensive examination of more than five centuries of the African-American experience. One of Infobase Learning's History databases to assist educators and students in their research needs. Fully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.
American Ancestors | In Library use only. New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). NEHGS is the country's leading resource for family history research. Whether your family came to this country in the 17th century or the 20th century, NEHGS offers access to an incredible collection of primary materials and other resources that can make your research productive and rewarding.
American History Online | Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history covering the American experience. One of Infobase Learning's History databases to assist educators and students in their research needs. Fully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.
American Indian History Online | 15,000 years of American Indian history and culture. One of Infobase Learning's History databases to assist educators and students in their research needs. F ully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.
Ancestry Library Edition™ | In Library use only. Complete U. S. Census records for 1790-1930, including military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists and more.
Ancient and Medieval History Online | An extensive exploration of world history, from pre-history through the 1500s. One of Infobase Learning's History databases to assist educators and students in their research needs. Fully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.
Bloom's Literary Reference Online | Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.
Book Index with Reviews | Provides information on more than 5 million book titles in a wide range of formats, and also contains 800,000 full-text searchable book reviews from sources like Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and others.
BIR Entertainment | Find music or videos featuring a favorite artist or performer, or a specific genre. Currently information about 450,000 music titles and 200,000 DVD/video titles.
Chilton Library | Information for Do-It-Yourself-ers. Chilton's provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks.
Consumer Reports | Provides ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for cars, appliances, electronics, home and garden, baby products, and more.
Culturegrams | Want to know more about the world’s people? Start here! Learn about each country’s history, customs, government, and general attitudes. Listen to the national anthem, view photos, and try recipes. Read interviews in which people from around the world describe their challenges, ambitions, and everyday.
From home: Click on this remote link.
DemographicsNOW | Business & People | Detailed U.S. demographic, business, and residential data
Facts on File Reference Suite | Brings together six different reference resources: American History Online, Modern World History Online, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Science Online, World News Digest, and Issues and Controversies on File.
First Search | All topics. Search for books, music, movies as well as full-text articles from magazines, medical journals, and government publications. Includes 16 different databases.
From home: Click on this remote link.
Fold3 Library Edition | Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.
General Reference Center Gold | Find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
Health Reference Center | Gives clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body. Materials contained in this resource is intended for informational purposes only.
Heritage Quest | With coverage dating back to the late 1700s, HeritageQuest Online is a rich storehouse of American genealogical and historical information. It features U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, memorials and petitions from the U.S. Serial Set, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) article citations, and more. Amateur to professional genealogists can use this resource to trace the paths of their ancestors across America.
From home: Click on this remote link.
Historic Map Works Library Edition | This resource, great for genealogists, historians, and researchers, offers 1.5+ million high-res, full color historic maps, including property & antique maps, directories & illustrations.The core of the collection consists of land ownership (cadastral) maps illustrating the geographic and developmental history of the United States. This unique content allows users to track the "residential genealogy" of families and locations.
Illinois Public Records | Scroll through Chicagoland’s public records — real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures, and more. Keep an eye on housing values in your community and help safeguard your biggest investment — your home. Sort by name, city, zip code, and more.
From home: Click on this remote link. You'll be asked to enter your library card number.
Issues and Controversies | Explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.
Job & Career Accelerator | Get detailed information on occupations that suit your interests. Access current job listings from more than 5 million job postings, which are collected from all major job boards. Create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, and plan, tailor, and track your progress for multiple job searches. This database is part of LearningExpress Library (below), which can help you aquire the skills and take practice tests needed for your new job.
LearningExpress Library | Check out LEL's new look! To access a tutorial, take a test, or download an eBook for the first time, you'll need to register a personal account by confirming your library, providing your first name and email address, and by creating a password. Your email address will become your username. After registration, all you have to enter is your username and password. LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests,and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.
Legal Forms | A comprehensive collection of the most common legal forms for Illinois, including Wills, Trusts, Divorce, Bankrupcty, Power of Attorney, and much more! You'll need your library card number if using outside the library. From Gale Cengage.
Mango Languages | Includes Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese and ESL courses for those learning English and a translation tool for written text. Create a Mango account to keep track of your progress in the lessons.
Miss Humblebee's Academy | Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an award-winning, online curriculum for children preschool through kindergarten.The curriculum lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning success, providing strength in core subject areas: math, science and social studies, language and literacy, art, and music.The curriculum is theme-based and fully interactive with sound cues. It also offers weekly progress reports, mobile access and downloadable printables.
Modern World History Online | Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from the mid-15th century to the present.
Morningstar Investment Research Center | This database offers analysis on 1,700 stocks, 2,000 mutual funds and 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs). While it is primarily designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get quick information on a company.
From home: Click on this remote link.
Newspapers.com Library Edition | Newspapers.com Library Edition is an extensive online database of 3,000+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the early 2000s. Distributed by ProQuest, it contains a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in the U.S. and other countries.
From home: Click on this remote link
NoveList Plus | A comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction for adult readers.
NoveList K-8 Plus | A comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction for younger readers. It has a fun and intuitive interface.
Scholastic Go! | Contains four encyclopedia databases: The New Book of Knowledge, The New Book of Popular Science, and Amazing Animals
From home: Click on this remote link. Enter your library card number for the user name; no password is needed.
Science Online | Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, biographies, and experiments.
Small Engine Repair Reference Center | A full-text database that provides step-by-step maintenance and repair procedures for hundreds of small engine machines and their components.
Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War | A series of archival digital collections. The Civil War digital collection contains nearly 500 significant documents of the time -- personal narratives, monographs, regimental histories, collected essays, sermons, songs, legal tracts, and political speeches -- enabling users to study one of the key events in American history.
Value Line | Available only in the library, and staff must log you in. Value Line is the most comprehensive, multifaceted investment research tool used by both individuals and professionals to conduct basic research, formulate sound investment strategies, identify timely opportunities and make smart investment decisions.
Weiss Financial Ratings Series | Using a quick and easy search screen, you will have immediate access to financial strength ratings for more than 21,000 institutions, including banks, savings & loans, credit unions and insurers. Plus, get investment ratings for more than 6,000 stocks and 16,000 mutual funds.
World News Digest | Brings together and enhances more than seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print.